ex·pose verb \ik-ˈspōz\
: to leave (something) without covering or protection
: to cause (someone) to experience something or to be influenced or affected by something
Full Definition of EXPOSE
1a : to deprive of shelter, protection, or care : subject to risk from a harmful action or condition <expose troops needlessly> <has not yet been exposed to measles>
b : to submit or make accessible to a particular action or influence <expose children to good books>; especially : to subject (a sensitive photographic film, plate, or paper) to radiant energy
c : to abandon (an infant) especially by leaving in the open
2a : to make known : bring to light (as something shameful)
b : to disclose the faults or crimes of <expose a murderer>
3: to cause to be visible or open to view : display: as
a : to offer publicly for sale
b : to exhibit for public veneration
c : to reveal the face of (a playing card) or the cards of (a player’s hand)
d : to engage in indecent exposure of (oneself)
— ex·pos·er noun
Examples of EXPOSE
- The shingles had fallen off, exposing the wood underneath.
- Undercover investigators exposed the scam.
- They threatened to expose him.
Origin of EXPOSE
Middle English, from Anglo-French exposer, from Latin exponere to set forth, explain (perfect indicative exposui), from ex- + ponere to put, place — more at position
First Known Use: 15th century
Related to EXPOSE
- camouflage, cloak, disguise, mask
noun \ˌek-spō-ˈzā, -spə-\
Full Definition of EXPOSÉ1: a formal statement of facts2: an exposure of something discreditable <a newspaper exposé of government corruption>
Variants of EXPOSÉex·po·sé also ex·po·se
Examples of EXPOSÉ
- a newspaper exposé of government corruption
- The show aired an exposé on the candidate’s financial indiscretions.
Origin of EXPOSÉFrench exposé, from past participle of exposerFirst Known Use: 1803
transitive verb \ik-ˈspōz\ (Medical Dictionary)ex·posedex·pos·ing
Medical Definition of EXPOSE1: to make liable to or accessible to something (as a disease or environmental conditions) that may have a detrimental effect <children exposed to diphtheria>2: to lay open to view: as a : to conduct (oneself) as an exhibitionist b : to reveal (a bodily part) especially by dissection